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10K Training Programs Getting Started  

Two major programs to prepare runners for the 2013 Long Island Marathon/Half Marathon/10 Kilometer Runs are getting started within the next few weeks, and anyone thinking about doing one of these events on the big day, May 5, 2013, can sign up.

The 3rd annual RunSmart Training Program kicks off at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Saturday, Jan. 26. It will be the first of a series of training sessions for runners of all levels of ability that will be held on one day every weekend for 14 weeks through April 27.

Each session will be based at a Nassau County Park under the direction of head coach Debbie Blair of the Greater Long Island Running Club, Bob Cook of The Runner’s Edge and a staff of coaches and trainers who are all set to make your racing experience a perfect one. The RunSmart Program cost is $30.

The 2nd Annual Jonas Chiropractic RunNassau Series of races leading up to May 5 will start with a 5K race at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village on Saturday, Feb. 9, followed by a 4-mile run at Nickerson Beach at Lido Beach on Sunday, March 10, a 5-mile race at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford on Saturday, March 23, and concluding with a 4-mile scurry at Eisenhower Park to jump start Marathon Week on Saturday, April 27.  The entry fee for the entire four race series is $60 if you register before Feb. 1 ($55 if registered for the Long Island Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K), and $65 if you register after Feb. 1. You may enter individual races in the series (on-site day-of-race entry only) for $20 for each of the first three races and $25 for the finale Race Week Kick-Off Run and Party at Eisenhower Park.  Snazzy commemorative shirts will be provided to every full series entrant.

Nassau County along with its Department of Parks, Recreation & Museums, with event management chores being handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club will conduct both programs.

“These Programs are a great way for local runners to gear their training toward May 5th at a nominal cost, and we hope that everyone will take advantage of them,” noted Blair.

For more information, or for entry forms for either program, contact Linda at the Greater Long Island Running Club at (516) 349-7646.

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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